CNET takes a closer look at the first Google Android iDEN device, the Motorola i1 for Nextel, at CTIA 2010.
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LAS VEGAS--Earlier on Monday, Motorola and Sprint introduced the Motorola i1, the first push-to-talk Google Android smartphone due to launch on Sprint Nextel's iDEN network. Later that evening, the companies hosted a small dinner to offer the media some hands-on time with the device.
Like a number of other Nextel handsets, the i1 features a sturdy design and meets Military Specifications 810f so it can withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, fog, and more. To really drive home the idea of the phone's ruggedness, Moto and Sprint invited Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," to introduce the Motorola i1. Rowe's show takes a look at some of the toughest and dirtiest jobs in the nation; jobs in which people need rugged phones.
The phone indeed feels strong, and we're thrilled to see an iDEN device that offers a sleeker design and such advanced features as a touch screen, a decent Web browser, and a 5-megapixel camera. Of course, we wish it was running something a little more than Android 1.5. That said, we also have to wonder, will the Motorola i1 be too much for the traditional Nextel customers?